Last night, we had the pleasure of witnessing our good friend and client Bruce Levingston perform at Carnegie Hall. While we have seen Bruce perform in many venues over the years, Carnegie Hall always brings out the best in his programming.
The program included a tightly-interrelated mix of contemporary and classic composers, chosen for their thematic and artistic influences. A world premiere performance of a piece by Mohammed Fairouz paid tribute to the memory of György Ligeti, who was included at the beginning of the program with a piece that echoes and reinvents the Bach canon, himself represented by a particularly compelling fugue that followed. The evening concluded with a powerful interpretation of the masterful Dracula Suite
by Philip Glass. With an undercurrent of sleep and death themes throughout the program, we came up with the title for the event, Voices from the Sleep
We designed the materials to visually interpret these themes, centered on a diagonal slash through a portrait of Bruce - depicting the divide between life and death, and the uncomfortable relationship between them. To paraphrase Bruce's explanation delivered onstage, to contemplate death is to contemplate life.
Bringing a bit of drama to the side of Carnegie Hall